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Magic Feather Prescribed Burn

Unit Information

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Map of Magic Feather Units 1 & 3 - Burning Planned Spring 2021 - East & Southeast of Red Feather Lakes and north of Larimer County Road 74E.Image options: [ Full Size ]

·Ignitions on the Magic Feather Prescribed Burn near Red Feather Lakes have been completed for today (12/3) with an additional 50 acres burned, bringing the two-day total to 90 acres. No ignitions are expected tomorrow, but firefighters will be patrolling and monitoring the area throughout the weekend and until snow is forecasted early next week. Smoke will remain visible in the area over the next few days and the Mount Margaret Trail system remains closed through the weekend.

Firefighters on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest are closely monitoring local conditions, including favorable winds, to begin prescribed fire operations as soon as Dec. 2, 2021, on the Magic Feather Prescribed Burn to improve forest health.

Burning is planned on the interior of already established blacklines around the unit, providing a control feature, and staffing will be over the minimum levels identified in the burn plan. Timing of this is meant to take advantage of conditions that allows the burn to more closely mimic natural fire behavior in these types of fuels, allowing fire to carry throughout the burn unit to meet the burn objectives.

This burn is located east and southeast of Red Feather Lakes. Burning operations could include one unit totaling approximately 300 acres, located north of County Road 74E (Red Feather Lakes Road). Work has already taken place in the area to prepare for ignitions, including tree cutting around the perimeter and within the interior of the project.

Appropriate, localized conditions must be met before ignition of prescribed burns can take place. Fire managers have been carefully monitoring these conditions, including favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, relative humidity), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. Weather is monitored throughout the burn and burning will be halted if conditions fall outside of the required conditions.

Residents and visitors in the area should expect to see smoke when operations are taking place. The Mount Margaret Trail system will be closed during operations. Please follow all signage. Smoke may also impact those using the Dowdy Lake Campgrounds and Day-Use Area.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Incident DescriptionAreas targeted for 2021 are located north of County Road 74E.
Coordinates40.764 latitude, -105.542 longitude

Current Situation

Size6,329 Acres
Significant Events

Implementation taking place the week of October 4, 2021.



6,329 acres is for the entire project area. Typically firefighters burn in smaller units within this entire project area.